COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- During what many Mizzou fans think of a disappointing first season in the Southeastern Conference, the reality is Mizzou’s got a good chance at making it to college football’s postseason. It typically takes a team 6 wins to become “bowl eligible” or a candidate to be chosen for a postseason bowl game.
The Tigers currently sit at 4-5 and are now just 2 wins away from possibly securing a bowl game appearance following their first season as a member of the SEC. With 3 games remaining, the Tigers need to win 2 of those games and have a good chance to do so.
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Up next, Mizzou travels to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the Volunteers on Saturday. The Vols are also 4-5, so clearly this game carries a lot of weight for both teams trying to reach the postseason. Statistically speaking, this game has the potential of being a nail biter.
The Volunteers have had huge success on offense in 2012, ranked 18th in total offense in the league. Conversely, Mizzou has remained solid on the defensive side of the ball in 2012, posting a ranking of 22nd total defense in college football. Also, Tennessee is ranked 112th in total defense while Mizzou is ranked 109th in total offense.
If Mizzou can pull out a winnable game in Knoxville, that’d put them just 1 win away from securing bowl eligibility status for the 6th season in a row. Following the game against Tennessee, the Tigers come home to play a beatable Syracuse team who currently have a 4-5 record overall as a member of the Big East Conference.
If Mizzou wants to make it to the postseason this season, they need to take care of business and beat both Tennessee and Syracuse because the finale of the season will be a challenge. The Tigers end the season at Texas A&M, who has shocked many fans in their first season as a member of the SEC. Led by freshman quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel, the Aggies have a 4-2 in the SEC and 7-2 record overall. The Tigers will have a tough task to beat Texas A&M, so beating both Tennessee and Syracuse would be ideal for the postseason-wishers.
The road to the postseason starts Saturday at Tennessee at 11:21 a.m.